Friday, December 26, 2014

The All Is Calm, All Is Bright Weekly Link Round-Up

It's been so quiet and peaceful here the past week that I really have no news to share-- other than the fact that I've started looking at knitting patterns!

Denis and I both hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season!

Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits
  • A self-published Kindle book was removed for hyphen misuse.
  • Wal-Mart is looking to step up competition with Amazon. How? It's thinking about buying Nook. 
  • Good for Target by featuring an adorable two-year-old in a recent ad. Why so good? Izzy Bradley happens to have Down syndrome. 
  • I've been fascinated by gingerbread houses for years. Have you seen Martha Stewart's gingerbread version of Downton Abbey? 
  • I enjoyed reading this interview with one of my favorite authors, Laura Hillenbrand. (Seabiscuit, Unbroken) 
  • What is the most recommended novel of all time? 
  • Oh oh. Are men idiots who do stupid things? This study says yes. (I tend to think that women are just better at staying away from the Darwin Awards.)
  • NASA's global mapping of carbon dioxide concentrations makes for some interesting looking and reading.
  • Take a look at what some bored coworkers with an appreciation for art got themselves up to one day at the office. 
  • Here's some heartening news: the children's book market has grown 44% in the last decade. 
  • Ridley Scott sends a page of his script for Andy Weir's The Martian into space.
  • How Dickens and Scrooge saved Christmas.  
  • How eBooks may disrupt your sleep.

Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones

I  ♥ Lists

The Happy Wanderer
  • I've been across the Forth Bridge twice. If it weren't for having to get up there, I wouldn't mind paying £125 to see the view from the top.

Book Candy
  • Get a lot of gift cards for Christmas? Do I have some bookshelves for you!

That's all for now. Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!

Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Hope your Christmas was wonderful!

  2. I'm glad you're having a peaceful time of it, Cathy. I hope you had a lovely Christmas. Thanks as ever for those links. I love the idea that someone found olive oil that's that old - amazing!

    1. Yes, I love that ancient olive oil, too!

  3. I am uncertain about Walmart buying Nook. Really. I guess it makes sense. I'm just not sure about what it will do to authors. And can you imagine how many more self-published books there will be if Walmart opens its own publishing business to compete with Amazon. Just don't know. And I really wanted to be part of this business, once upon a time...

    1. Like you, I have misgivings about Walmart buying Nook. It makes sense from their point of view, I know, but....

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    1. Thanks, Becca! I think it's easy to see that I use social media more for reading than talking. Perhaps I should change the percentages on the two a bit! :-)


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